Carozzin

photo by Anne Pflug
a leisurely method of transportation

When I was a child, we traveled everywhere by carozzin  as cars were not generally available yet, in Malta. Now, tourists use the carozzins as a relaxing way to travel short distances. They are available at all of the tourists attractions.

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View from Mdina

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View from Mdina

Mdina, the first capital of Malta, was built on a hill overlooking the countryside in the center of the island.  The bastions, which  surround the city, are perfect for protection in those times when invaders were trying to conquer Malta.  The solid high walls and locked gates were the major protection in Medieval times and the bastions enhanced this security. It is obvious that anyone on ‘guard duty’ on these bastions would be alerted to an oncoming attack.    This peaceful countryside may have been witness to many battles long ago.

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Lunch in Mdina

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Pastizzi and beer for Lunch .

This is just about my most favorite lunch.  Pastizzi are a Maltese specialty.  I have tried to make them at home, from a variety of recipes but have never been successful.  They are made with phyllo dough, filled with a ricotta and peas mixture.  Although they are served all over Malta, they are especially delicious at The Fontanella, in Mdina, while enjoying the view from the restaurant on one of the bastions surrounding The Silent City.

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Narrow Streets in Mdina

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Narrow Streets and Thick Walls
photo by Anne Pflug
Many streets are no wider than this one.

Although not all the streets in Mdina are this narrow, the majority are. Cars are pretty small in Malta but even so, it’s not easy to drive through here.

 

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We Visit Mdina

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The entrance gate to Mdina, the original capital of Malta. It dates to before the 12th Century.

Mdina is sometimes call The Silent City because of its thick walls which invite quiet.
Mdina was originally the capital of Malta. It traces its history to a time earlier than when St. Paul was shipwrecked in Malta and was said to have lived there.   It  is a medieval city with narrow streets, a gate that closes every night and is surrounded by a moat. I will touch up on more information about Mdina in future blogs.

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The Church in Mosta

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The Church of the Assumption, in Mosta.

This is the famous church, in Mosta. Built between 1833 and 1860, it is said to have been inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.  During World War II, a bomb fell through the dome but did not explode. The Maltese people thought of this as a miracle. The now harmless bomb rests in the sacristy, always ready for photo opportunities.

 

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IL FORTIZZA

Il Fortizza, the Fort, is a restaurant we visited frequently.

This restaurant, in Sliema, is located across the street from our hotel. It was originally a Fort, one of  many in Malta.  Notice the original moat. One can see the pool in the back.  It belonged to our hotel and we used it often.  As you can see, the ‘beach’ is very rocky so the pool was always our first preference and since it was filled with sea water, we could enjoy swimming in the Mediterranean without slipping on the rocks.

 

 

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